COPH gets lucky in Philadelphia

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From the film festival to Delta Omega to a fun night out, the USF College of Public Health’s presence at the 2019 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo was a trifecta! Bulls descended on Philadelphia from Nov. 2-6.

This year’s annual meeting marked the third time in the college’s history that a video was selected for the APHA Global Public Health Film Festival. USF COPH: The world is our classroom is one of a handful of videos that aired in the “Sick Planet” category.

Moments before COPH appeared on the big screen at the APHA Global Health Film Festival in Philadelphia (Photo by Natalie Preston)

In observance of the college’s 35th anniversary, this year’s APHA reception was also ramped up a notch.

More than 120 Bulls and public health colleagues showed up for the festivities at Lucky Strike. “The bowling alley and game room provided the perfect setting for a fun celebration,” said COPH Dean Donna Petersen.  “Friends old and new mixed and mingled while playing pool, ping-pong, oversized Connect Four and even bowling!”

After a day of APHA sessions, COPH students relax over a game of pool. (Photo by Natalie Preston)
COPHers took over the lanes at Lucky Strike in Philadelphia. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

Special guests included COPH founder The Honorable Sam Bell and former USF System President Dr. Betty Castor. Retired COPH Dean Charlie Mahan and wife Dee Jeffers were also in attendance. In fact, the reception fell on Dr. Mahan’s birthday.

COPH Retired Dean Charlie Mahan strikes a bullish pose as Dean Donna Petersen leads the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to him. (Photo by Natalie Preston)
COPH Dean Donna Petersen (Photo by Natalie Preston)

“The college is the recipient of a $35,000 anonymous gift,” announced Kara Steiner, USF Health’s director of annual giving & alumni engagement. “Because it’s a match opportunity, any gift amount to any COPH fund counts!”

Steiner challenged attendees to make a gift of $35, $350 or $3500. Giving Tuesday, an annual day of giving celebrated the day after Cyber Monday is one way to do so.

Before closing out the night, Petersen introduced the newest addition to the COPH family—gourmet dark chocolate direct from Ecuador. Attendees were given an opportunity to sample dark chocolate varieties with and without almonds.  Watch for new product lines to be available on campus and in local stores, all in support of the college, Ecuadoran farmers and chocolate producers through our latest global venture.

Gourmet chocolate from Ecuador made its debut at the college’s reception in Philadelphia. It will be sold on campus and throughout Tampa Bay. Proceeds benefit the COPH, Ecuadoran farmers and chocolate producers. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

This initiative is part of the USF College of Public Health’s yearlong 35th anniversary celebration.  To learn more about giving to the COPH, contact Kara Steiner ’06 at or (813) 974-3023.

Story by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health